Nico owners Andrea and Nicolas Delaroque gave up a Michelin star when they closed their restaurant in Laurel Heights to move it to Jackson Square, a trip they’ve just completed. As of today, they’re fully open at 710 Montgomery, with the addition of a lunch and bar menu for the FiDi crowd. Now the Delaroques have ambitions to re-earn that star in their new incarnation, as Andrea Delaroque told Eater SF ahead of the relocation last summer. Have a look inside, and peruse chef Nicolas Delaroque’s menu of French brasserie fare below.
The Delaroques designed the new space with ACI contractors and Studio BBA, re-exposing brick walls covered by previous occupant Bocadillos and adding patterned tile floors. As a plaque on the Montgomery Street building reminds passersby, the site was once the Black Cat, an early gay bar. A new bar program for Nico from Danielle Peters includes a toast to that lineage: A pitch-black cocktail, Le Chat Noir, made with gin, calvados, genepy, apricot, tarragon, vegan “egg white,” and activated charcoal. Gideon Levine made the restaurant’s wine selections.
The new space is smaller than the old one, with just 34 seats: 28 in the dining room and six at the bar area. But the move places Nico in a more central location, allowing the business to incorporate lunch service, which Andrea Delaroque explained was necessary to the restaurant’s finances. (For those who are curious about the fate of Nico’s former Laurel Heights home, here’s what the newcomers at Sorrel have done with that.)
Nico is open Tuesday to Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, a two or three-course prix fixe for $32 or $38. Tuesday to Saturday, a $62, four-course prix fixe dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (with a six-course menu to come). An a la carte bar menu is available from 5:30 p.m. onward, and includes oysters and croques monsieurs.
Sample Nico Lunch Menu by Caleb Pershan on Scribd
Sample Nico Dinner Menu by Caleb Pershan on Scribd
Sample Nico Bar Menu by Caleb Pershan on Scribd